honoring veteran’s day

Whether or not you know a veteran, Nov. 11 is a day to pause and remember all those who’ve served in the armed forces.

PBS will be premiering the movie The Way We Get By, a documentary about 3 senior citizens who greet troops coming home from deployment in Bangor, Maine. Check here for local listing information.

The Way We Get By – Trailer from The Way We Get By on Vimeo.

Little things mean a lot during long, stressful deployments. Here are a few ways to help support troops in the field.

  • If you’re a reader and have paperbacks to share, sign up for Operation Paperback, a service that matches soldiers in the field with volunteers who select and mail them paperback books.
  • Want to send more than books? AnySoldier.com will match you with soldiers who don’t often get mail — send them small care packages and notes to show you care.
  • If you’re into scrapbooking or other paper crafts, you can donate handmade cards to soldiers through Operation Write Home. Your cards are sent to soldiers serving abroad, who then use them to keep in touch with their family and friends at home.
  • And last but not least, if you collect frequent flyer miles and don’t use them, donate them to Hero Miles. The program buys airline tickets for family members of service members who are hospitalized due to war injuries, and for service members traveling to receive treatment.

About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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